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Coronavirus claims 650,000 jobs during lockoutBritish employees on corporate payrolls fell 649,000 people during the lockout, with the coronavirus crisis resulting in 74,000 additional jobs last month, according to official figures.

The National Statistics Office (ONS) said initial estimates show that the number of paid workers fell 1.9% year on year in June to 28.4 million, and 0.3% compared to in the previous month.

He said the rate of job losses appeared to have slowed in June, as demand for universal credit from the unemployed and low-income fell 28,100 between May and June to 2.6 million.

But the number of applicants has more than doubled since March – up 112.2% or 1.4 million – a sign of the worsening of the employment crisis.

ONS said unemployment fell by 17,000 between March and May to 1.35 million, with the rate unchanged at 3.9%.

Experts said this masked a drop in employment, down from 126,000 in the quarter to 32.95 million, with a rate falling to 76.4%.

With 9.4 million people on leave classified as employed, the real impact should not be demonstrated until after the end of the current support program in October.

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